Glasses-free 3D is something of the Holy Grail for television manfucturers – and Toshiba is making some pretty big claims about finding it. 3d-no-glasses

The manufacturer announced at its Toshiba World conference in Rome that it plans to launch a glasses-free 3D set within the next 12 months. Toshiba officials didn't offer a lot of details, but did say the sets will be 40-inches or bigger.

Toshiba's not the only company exploring the technology, of course. Samsung showed off a 55-inch prototype of glasses-free 3D last month at the FPD China trade show. At the time, though,the company said it expected the technology wouldn't hit the market for another three years.

Glasses are often pointed to as a stumbling block for the acceptance of 3D. (They were, in fact, the second biggest reason people gave in a Nielsen study last year.)

Even video game manufacturers want to disassociate themselves from the headgear. Nintendo, whose 3DS handheld gaming device recently went on sale, says it does not plan to incorporate 3D into its next console system because it doesn't want to force players to wear the glasses.

Expect to hear more from Toshiba on the technology at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. 

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